From the 1840s to the 1920s, a vibrant Jewish neighborhood flourished just south of the Boston Common. This tour that I have been offering since 2013 is a cultural journey that passes many sites and buildings that still stand today.

Discover why Hadassah Way is located where it is and view the Boston Common’s plaque dedicated to the famous Filene’s Bargain Basement founder. The walk continues into the Theater District, where the first synagogue in Boston, Ohabei Shalom, stood in 1852. The tour will wind its way into Bay Village, which was once the film distribution center in Boston, and then continue into the heart of the South End along Tremont Street through beautiful Union Park.

Hear about the fascinating characters who once called this neighborhood home. Did you know that the first Boston Tea Party music club was located in a building on Berkeley Street that once housed Temple Adath Israel’s religious school? These are just some of the places that are included on the walk. The tour is 2 1/4 hours and covers approximately 1.5 miles.

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